When ‘No’ Is Not Enough

 


= News =

We were wrong in our last newsletter to dismiss Cyprus as just another bailout. This was the bailout/bail-in that revealed lawmakers’ cavalier attitude towards the law. The bailout that didn’t know whether to call itself a tool of “exceptional” circumstances or a future template, so opted for doing both. The bailout that introduced capital controls and thus a de facto two-tier Eurozone. The bailout that placed its stamp of approval on an outcome of no future.

In the midst of anti-nuclear and demilitarisation actions, violence flared up again in Myanmar as the world’s longest-running civil war continues.

Occupy Sussex was evicted but set a legal precedent and spearheaded new tactics.

Despite nationwide protestswarnings by independent bodies and condemnation by British churches, the bedroom tax came into effect. The petition inviting Iain Duncan Smith to lead by example, gathered half a million signatures.

As we have found in practice, laws are hard both to generate fairly and implement democratically but the alternative is living with dysfunction and no democracy.

The World Social Forum met in Tunisia, highlighting similar organisational concerns.

Can democracy and corporations coexist? Join the launch of Democracy Café to find out.

The search for the next big idea is on.

But meanwhile, a lot of alternatives are already here. Join the launch of STIR to find out more about the international co-operative movement and other collaborative networks.

What do you do when anger and protest are not enough?

Answer at the end of this dispatch.

 

= Event Calendar =

New events are being added all the time.

Check our calendar for updates.

Local

Thursday 4th April 2013

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Drones Protest at General Atomics

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/drones-protest-at-general-atomics

Friday 5th April 2013

A Day in Iraq Conference

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/a-day-in-iraq-conference

Saturday 6th April 2013

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Honouring the Theology of the Land: God & the Good Life: The Audit

[Economics to Save a Civilisation - Part 1 of 3]

http://god-and-the-goodlife.eventbrite.com/

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Modern Warfare Exposed

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/modern-warfare-exposed

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Occupy Tour of the City

Tuesday 9th April 2013

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Myth, Market and Media: the bauxite-rich Niyamgiri in the London Stock Exchange

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/myth-market-and-media-the-bauxite-%C2%ADrich-niyamgiri-in-the-london-stock-exchange 

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Radical Anthropology talks with David Graeber and others

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/radical-anthropology-talks-with-david-graeber-and-others-2013-04-09

Wednesday 10th April 2013

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Occupy Tour of Canary Wharf

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/occupy-tour-of-canary-wharf-4

Thursday 11th April 2013

7:00 pm – 9 pm

Democracy Café Launch

Corporations and Democracy – can they coexist?

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/democracy-cafe-corporations-and-democracy-can-they-coexist

https://www.facebook.com/events/633056870043455/

Saturday 13th April 2013

11:30 am

Who Wants to Evict a Milionnaire?

http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/updated-call-out-who-wants-to-evict-a-millionaire-saturday-13th-april

http://www.facebook.com/events/449156988493859/

Tuesday 16th April 2013

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Public Meeting: Drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/public-meeting-drones-in-afghanistan-and-pakistan 

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Radical Anthropology talks with David Graeber and others

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/radical-anthropology-talks-with-david-graeber-and-others-2013-04-16

Saturday 20th April 2013

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Occupy Tour of Mayfair

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/occupy-tour-of-mayfair-4

3:00 pm

Launch of STIR magazine (print edition)

http://stirtoaction.com/stir-quarterly-were-launching-a-print-edition/

 Tuesday 23rd April 2013

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Radical Anthropology talks with David Graeber and others

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/radical-anthropology-talks-with-david-graeber-and-others-2013-04-23

 Wednesday 24th April 2013

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Occupy Tour of Canary Wharf

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/occupy-tour-of-canary-wharf-3

 Friday 26th April 2013

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

EDF* OFF – An EEE assembly to support No Dash for Gas

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/edf-off-an-eee-assembly-to-support-no-dash-for-gas

Tuesday 30th April 2013

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Radical Anthropology talks with David Graeber and others

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/radical-anthropology-talks-with-david-graeber-and-others-2013-04-30

 

International

18th – 10th April 2013
Ljubljiana – Maribor
Hub Meeting

 

= Future Events =

 

 
10th May 2013
Camp Frack 2
11th June 2013
Carnival against Capitalism 

 

= Blogs =

 
Neil

 

Reverend Nemu
A psychedelic swirl of words studded with wise gems and astute observations, sandwiched between small, rather revolutionary youtube films. From the irreverant ‘Reverend Nemu’, a shaman for the Age of Austerity, who stands up against corporate and political oppressors and destroyers armed with good grammar, wit and an open mind.
 

 

= Call-outs, Campaigns & Petitions =

Stop G8 call-out
 
15th April 2013
Global Day of Action on Military Spending UK
 
Stop Abolition of DLA

 

= Films & Books =
 

 

Get gangsta with your shovel
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA – in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

 

Temple Grandin – The world needs all kinds of minds
A woman who overcame her gender and autism in 1950s USA to redesign over half the abattoirs now in operation in the US because of her empathy with animals and needless distress. Both films highlight intelligence, vision and determination but above all, what we can achieve.

 

Nemu’s End
If you enjoyed Rev Nemu’s blog, you might also like the book, Nemu’s end. Available from http://www.lulu.com/shop (neatly avoiding Amazon) or read for free online: http://wp.nemusend.co.uk/reading-room
[Thanks to Em and Victoria for the submissions]
 

= Food for Thought =

Wealth Inequality in America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM

Global Inequality Statistics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWSxzjyMNpU

[Thanks to Peter for the submission]

 

“To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

 

 
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